Decision on Sussex fire service merger due December

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A CONSULTATION into whether two fire services should merge has come to an end.

Last year West Sussex County Council and East Sussex Fire Authority announced they were considering sharing their fire services and possibly turning them into one organisation to save money.

In July a 12-week public consultation began after a full merger was decided to be the best option for protecting both services.

A spokesman said: ‘The business case concluded that a merger is the best option to protect community fire and rescue services from the expected impacts of government grant reductions over the next few years.

‘The business case had also concluded that a full merger would improve operational resilience and overall capacity to the collective benefit of local residents, businesses and visitors alike.’

The consultation ended on October 6 and a final decision on the planned merger is now expected to be made in December.